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drinktec 2017: BeverageDaily beer forum at place2beer

BeverageDaily and drinktec are collaborating to present a lively beer forum at drinktec (Munich, September 11-15). Drawing on the expertise of 16 speakers from across the beer industry, the forum...

BeatBox Beverages shifts to more age-inclusive marketing and expands distribution of single-serve format

BeatBox Beverages has grown from $230,000 in revenue (over 14 months) to more than $2m in sales, helped by a $1m investment from entrepreneur Mark Cuban, which the company has...

Seattle soda tax moves to final vote after dropping diet soda from proposed plan

The proposed Seattle, Washington, soda tax has moved forward to a final vote after city council members approved the ordinance 6-2 but agreed to exclude a tax on diet soda...

Ferrero opens world's first Nutella Café in Chicago

Ferrero has invested several millions of dollars in the world's first Nutella Café in the US.

Saudi sets date for 50-100% beverage sin tax next month

Saudi Arabia will begin to tax energy drinks and carbonated sodas from June 10, making it the first country in the Gulf to fix an implementation date. 

API completes holographic and embossing site

API has increased its holographic foil and film manufacturing capabilities after completing a £0.5m ($642k) investment at its Livingston facility in Scotland.

Needham Coding to sell own-brand CIJ printers for first time

Needham Coding, part of The Needham Group, has launched its own-brand of continuous ink jet (CIJ) printers to drive its growth strategy, having been previously recognized as a distributor of...

Berner Food and Beverage triples production space to offer ‘endless’ RTD beverage capabilities

Berner Food and Beverage has expanded its ready-to-drink beverage manufacturing capabilities with an investment of over $100m, adding 200,000 additional square feet to its production warehouse in Dakota, Illinois. 

New launches: May 2017

What’s hitting the shelves? New product launches: May

From chia energy drinks to limited edition IPAs, we take a look at some of the new products launching around the globe.

News in brief

WestRock to acquire five US Corrugated facilities

WestRock Company will acquire five converting facilities in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Louisiana from US Corrugated; which makes corrugated products for packaging and displays.

Coca-Cola nears completion of US refranchising plan

Coca-Cola said it is on track to complete refranchising of its company-owned US territories by the end of 2017 after receiving agreements and letters of intent from a significant portion...

Chinese now make up nearly half of Aussie university’s oenology places

One Australian university has seen an almost three-fold increase in Chinese enrolments in its winemaking courses over the past five years.

Japanese e-commerce site allows customers to choose by aroma

A Japanese company that designs and develops small odour-imaging sensors is in the final stages of testing what it claims to be the world’s first e-commerce website on which consumers...

AGRANA Fruit expands into India through acquisition

Austrian fruit ingredient company AGRANA Fruit, part of the AGRANA Group, has acquired a fruit processing plant from the Indian company Sai Krupa Fruit Processing Pvt. Ltd.

Functional beverages in Asia: Start-ups need to 'redress the health balance'

Functional beverage start-ups in Asia should not get fixated on making and securing official health and efficacy claims before launching, and could look instead to “wrap up” products alongside more...

Rapidly expanding Vermont syrup maker launches line of 'enhanced' maple waters

A new major player in the field of maple ingredients has entered the increasingly crowded plant waters field with a line of ‘enhanced’ maple waters.

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GST will ‘make food cheaper’, but drinks firms brace for price rises

Most food items will be cheaper with the introduction of GST on July 1, according to Harsimrat Kaur Badal, though drinks manufacturers are looking at increases of up to 10%...

Breaking into the milk market: India’s top dairy alternatives

Vegetarian-friendly plant-based milk alternatives are poised to put pressure on traditional dairy in heavily vegetarian India.

‘Informed’ Chinese millennials shun Asian fruit in their juices

Only a quarter of Chinese millennials say they prefer fruit juice made with fruit grown in Asia, compared to 60% who favour American fruit, according to a survey commissioned by...

Sales of sugar-containing sports drinks facing a ban in some of Australia's leisure centres

Stopping sales of 'unhealthy soft drinks' in Australian sports centres leads to increases in purchases of healthier beverages and the same level of total dollar transactions, claims new research, with...

Lavazza mirrors global coffee market targeting North America, but it must look to Asia for future growth

Volume sales of coffee are expected to grow 0.2% from 2013 to 2021 in Italy, making the country's No. 1 coffee brand (in volume sales), Lavazza, needing to turn to...

Campbell Soup Co. expects Q1 2018 recovery after sales dip in V8 beverages

Campbell Soup Co. reported a 2% decline in net sales of its largest division, Americas Simple Meals and Beverages, for Q3 2017, largely due to a drop in sales of...

Pringles and Lucozade respond to criticism about their packaging

The makers of Pringles and Lucozade Sport have come under fire from The Recycling Association because it claims the materials in their packaging make it harder to recycle.

Cannabis tea sales rise in US driven by women, says BDS Analytics

Cannabis-infused tea products sales have more than tripled in US states where recreational cannabis use is legal (Colorado, Washington, and Oregon), according to BDS Analytics.

Winners and losers in the alcoholic drinks market: Mintel

Gin’s impressive growth continues: but what other drinks are doing well in today’s UK alcoholic beverage market? 

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